Kennebec - 2) Lower Kennebec: Carry Brook to the Forks

Kennebec, Maine, US


2) Lower Kennebec: Carry Brook to the Forks

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 7.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 17 fpm
Max Gradient 30 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Kennebec River at The Forks, Maine
usgs-01042500 2400 - 20000 cfs II-III 00h44m 908 cfs (too low)

River Description

Often run as a continuation of the upper Gorge run of the Kennebec especially for larger water craft such as rafts. The put in is down a long steep staircase to the waters edge at Carry Brook. The river from this point down is generally class II and quickwater. The biggest rapid (Big Black Brook Rapid) comes shortly after the put in. Each rapid thereafter is easier to negotiate. Take out just before the bridge at the Forks on either the right or left banks. The river right takeout by the Ball field is easier.

Technical info

Put in elevation........706'
Take out elevation......574'
Total drop..............132'
Average drop/mile.......17'
Distance................7.8 miles 
River width average.....50'
River geology...........Slate ledge 
River water quality.....Good, clarity good.
Scenery.................Excellent, isolated wilderness river  
Wildlife................Deer, moose, osprey, eagles. 

StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2007-02-23 21:50:41


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Map of the Forks MainePutin Takeout Photo
0.0Map Key
0.5Big Black Brook RapidIII

Rapid Descriptions

Map of the Forks Maine

The Forks Maine

The Forks Maine
Photo of Map of area by Mark Lacroix

Map Key
1. 1. Webb’s Dead River Campground & Shuttle Service: Shuttles to the Dead put in, campground with showers. For shuttle service call (207) 663-2114 and ask for Karen. To book a site at Webb's campground call River Drivers to make the reservations. That phone number is: 207-663-4475. The cost is $5.00 per person, per night, plus 7% State tax.
2. Appleton’s restaurant: Pizza, subs, ice cream, breakfast.
3. River Drivers: Rafting, etc.
4. Paddling shop: Dead River Outfitters
5. Berry’s General Store: Gas, Beer, food, supplies, pizza, subs
6. The Ball field campground: Primitive campsites, porta-poties, no showers. Take out for Lower Kennebec.
7. Crab Apple Camping Rafting, hot tub, bar, food.
8. Public Picnic area: also used as Lower Kennebec take out.
9. The Marshall Hotel (Hotel Cocktails): Food, bar, horse shoes, pool table.
10. Dead River takeout.
11. Majic Falls Rafting: Raft trips, camping
12. Three Rivers Whitewater & Kelly Brook campground
13. Northern Outdoors Camping, Rafting, restaurant, hot tub, bar, entertainment
14. North Country Rivers Rafting, etc.
15. Professional River Runners: Rafting, etc.
16. New England Outdoor Center: Rafting, Paddling shop, etc.
17. Indian Pond campground
Not on map:
Moxie Gore cabins: : $30 per night
Moxie Outdoor Outfitters: 866-663-2646 Large cabins $75 per night

Big Black Brook Rapid (Class III, Mile 0.5)
This is the biggest rapid on this section. The route is easily boat scouted. Waves can be large at 4800 cfs release levels and huge at 6000+ cfs.

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